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There are 11 service and programming committees that offer opportunities for students to get involved and make an impact on their community. These committees host weekly to bi-weekly meetings where they plan events, conferences, community outreach and ways to get involved. While committees do not function as a governing body, they are essential to ASWSU for bringing awareness to issues students face, advocating for students and providing a welcoming community to all WSU students.

 

Additionally, there are 3 auxiliaries within ASWSU that provide services to students as well as the WSU community as a whole. Membership in these organizations, however, are different from regular clubs or committees. They do not meet weekly, but rather provide students opportunities for employment or participation.

 

Meeting times and locations for each Committee

 

  • Asian Pacific American Student Coalition (APASC)

    Asian Pacific American Student Coalition is a student organization, with elected student leaders, that sponsors social, cultural, and academic activities. In addition we provide student peer support and leadership training, and hosts Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month and other events throughout the year.

    If you have any questions you can contact the APASC Chair Dayton Matsushima

    Secretary: Emily Nguyen

    Treasurer: Bailey Singh Halpin

    SHAPING Co-Chairs: Baylie Kidd, Sharina Bautista and Camille Naputo

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  • Black Student Union (BSU)

    The Black Student Union is an organization dedicated to Black Excellence, Community Service/Outreach, and Cultural Enrichment and Unity. BSU serves as an advocate as well as financial, administrative, and programmatic support to our umbrella organizations and the community.

    If you have any questions you can contact BSU President Makayia Thompson

    Vice President: Sparkle Watts

    Treasurer: Shakirah Muhammad

    Secretary: Shanelle Brown

    Public Relations: Ambreasia Books

    VIBES Co-Chairs: Nailan Kent, Jordyn Beckford and Mariela Frias

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  • Environmental Sustainability Alliance (ESA)

    ASWSU ESA is dedicated to providing guidance for the WSU administration, ASWSU, and the greater student body, through specialized insight in all aspects of sustainability and environmental health. By fostering a sense of environmental stewardship within our organization, related RSO’s, and the general student body, we strive to change the student, faculty, and staff’s perception of how we interact with our environment and highlight the subsequent impact of those interactions.

    If you have any questions you can contact the ESA Chair Patrick Robichard

    Vice Chair: Lydia Weddle

    Treasurer: Danny Lochridge

    Director of Communications: Morgan Smith

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  • Gender Sexuality Alliance (GSA)

    The Gender and Sexuality Alliance (GSA) is an ASWSU committee that fosters support, community, and awareness for gender and sexually diverse persons as well as allies within the WSU community. The GSA is a safe zone specifically created to be supportive of the LGBTQIA+ community. No one will be asked to identify their gender identity nor orientation nor be pressured to do so.

    If you have any questions you can contact the GSA Chair Kimberly McDowell

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  • Give

    GIVE is a student run organization focused on empowering students who care about making a difference. We feel that it is important to donate service to our local, national and international community, allowing us to invest in tomorrow today. We focus on innovative ways to raise awareness to certain issues or for people to serve the community. This organization is open to all students at Washington State University and we encourage diversity by identifying common issues and working towards finding solutions. We want all of our members to be passionate about making a difference and working together towards that common goal.

    If you have any questions you can contact the Give Chair Kylie Waddill

    Finance Chair: Lilly Miller

    Secretary: Brenda Avila

    Public Relations: Kayla Duvall

    Service Chair: Mariana Ramirez

     

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  • International Student Council (ISC)

    The ISC is to unite the international student organizations and to serve as a voice for the international student population at WSU. The ISC promotes mutual understanding across cultures, races, and beliefs, fosters communication between people of different nationalities, and improves global awareness on campus and in the Pullman community by hosting International Education Week and diverse intercultural programs.

    If you have any questions you can contact the ISC President Ximeng Li

    Vice President: Michael Kim

    Chief of Staff: Shahd Al Harthi

    Treasurer: Jamie Che

    Public Relations: Figo Prayitno and Anissa Chak

    Programming Chair: Anh Ngo and Tri Luu

    Information Technology Coordinator: Henry Pham

     

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  • Issues and Forums

    ASWSU Issues and Forums is a group committed to providing student-based opportunities for the civil discussion and education of local, national, and human issues. All students interested in our committee will find a welcoming environment in which to share ideas and learn from other Cougs!

     If you have any questions you can contact the Issues and Forums Chair Rhys Chapman or you can email the Committee email address.

    Vice Chair: Audrey Weaver

    Outreach Chair: Emma Taylor

    Treasurer: Nate Fox

    Secretary: Jacob Woodbury

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  • Ku-Ah-Mah

    Ku-Ah-Mah means cougar in the Nez Perce language and is the Native American Student Organization. Ku-Ah-Mah supports many cultural and social events throughout the school year, including; the Annual Pah-Loots-Pu Celebration Pow Wow, events during Native American Heritage Month, and other events that promote cross-cultural awareness and understanding. This organization aims to bring together a community to help better understand and be engaged with issues that Native Americans face on and off campus.

    If you have any questions you can contact the Ku-Ah-Mah Co-Chairs Kerah Lyall and Jacklyn Brendible

    Treasurer: Jay Brendible

    Public Relations: Shana Lombard

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  • Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx De Aztlán (MEChA)

    We the members of Movimiento Estudiantil Chicanx de Aztlán (M.E.Ch.A.) at Washington State University take upon the responsibility to encourage the education and empowerment of the Indigenous, Latinx, Chicanx, and all underserved communities. We promote awareness of Indigenous, Latinx, Chicanx, and all underserved communities at Washington State University and in the community at large, while committing to the struggle for the self-determination and empowerment of all underrepresented communities. 

    If you have any questions you can contact the MEChA Co-Chairs Martin Trejo and Michelle Mendoza

    Secretary: Aracely Mendoza

    Treasurer: Armando Guzman

    Public Relations: Vanessa Razo

    CASHE Co-Chairs: Jerry Martinez, Maria Yepez and Leo Covarrubias

    Fundraising Chair: Leo Orozco

    Gender Identity & Sexuality Chair: Gena Franco

    Social Chair: Cristalina Ramirez

     

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  • Middle Eastern Student's Association (MESA)

    The Middle Eastern Students Association or MESA at Washington State University exists to provide a home away from home for Middle Eastern students through fellowship, programming and educational opportunities.

    If you have any questions you can contact the MESA Chair Qatan Qatan

    Vice Chair: Ahmed AlBalushi

    Treasurer: Sultan AlRazaiqi

    Events Coordinator: Said AlSaadi

    Public Relations: Mohammed Al-Shukaili

  • Student Veterans Committee (SVC)

    The purpose of ASWSU – SVC shall be to represent the interests and concerns of the veterans and their dependents that comprise the student body at the WSU Pullman Campus. In addition, the Student Veterans Committee provides a welcoming atmosphere where veterans attending WSU can meet and relate to one another. SVC’s purpose is to help veterans on their way to graduation.

    If you have any questions you can contact the SVC Chair Chris Mann or Vice Chair Jason Williams

  • Cougar Choice Housing (CCH)

    Cougar Choice Housing provides practical information and resources to help you have a safe, positive off-campus living experience and avoid common and sometimes costly mistakes. You will find downloadable checklists, as well as valuable information, to help you make the right choice for your living experience. Each year CCH puts on the WSU Housing Fair, providing students the opportunity to find the right place in Pullman to call home. To learn more about Cougar Choice Housing, or housing option that are "Cougar Choice Approved," visit offcampusliving.wsu.edu 

    You can contact Cougar Choice Housing with any questions related to off-campus living, or stop by our office on the third floor of the CUB, 305A.

    Director: Austin Adams

    Associate Director: Michael Forbes

  • KZUU

    KZUU is a non-commercial, student-run radio station funded by the ASWSU on the campus of Washington State University. The purpose of KZUU 90.7 FM is to bring an alternative experience to the WSU campus and the Palouse. We aim to provide a platform for lesser-known artists and ideas. Students can hear anything on KZUU, from hip hop to talk to world to indie to country. There’s really no limit to what you can do with your show! Apply to be a DJ at kzuu.wsu.edu or stop by CUB 301. 
    If you have any questions you can reach out to the station General Manager Sovann Robinson

  • Student Legal Services (SLS)

    ASWSU Student Legal Services (SLS) is a student run office that serves current students and faculty members at Washington State University. We offer 30 minute consultations free of charge. Our attorney, Wynn Mosman, provides legal advice and counseling ranging from questions on how to start a business to DUI charges. His services exclude immigration. Because we are funded through the university, we are unfortunately not capable of taking cases that go against another student, a faculty member, or the university itself. However, we do our best to refer students to the appropriate department and services. Additionally, we offer internship opportunities for students each semester, including the summer. We are located in CUB 305 and more information can be found at our website

    If you have any questions you can contact Director Nabil Ali or the Associate Director Maria Navarro.

    During the summer you can email Summer Director Emery Andres

  • University Hazing Policy Review Committee Recommendations

    May 8, 2020
    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     
    University Hazing Policy Review Committee Recommendations
     
    In recognition of the immediacy and severity hazing presents to the WSU community, the Associated Students of Washington State University formed the University Hazing Policy Review Committee. The committee’s objective was to create a list of recommendations to deliver to the administration focused on refining the definition of hazing, increasing the availability of hazing prevention resources, expanding campus awareness of hazing, and taking proactive steps to eliminate hazing. The committee included representatives from key organizations including ASWSU, the Greek Councils, NCAA and Club Athletics, the Cougar Marching Band and RSO’s. After thorough and thoughtful deliberations, the University Hazing Policy Review Committee recommends the following:
    • Create a wsu.edu website dedicated specifically to  a hazing. The website should include the following:
      • Reporting resources for victims of hazing with clear explanations on the resources’ capabilities and responsibilities to support the victim including if they are mandatory or non-mandatory reporters.
      • A recommended “chain of command” for students, family members and community members to report hazing with personalized reporting structures for specific communities. (e.g.: Greek Life, Registered Student Organizations, Athletics, Cougar Marching Band)
      • Ability for family members, friends and community members to report hazing.
      • Link to counseling and other resources for victims who may or may not be reporting hazing.
      • Resources for organizations to promote team building, avoid unintentional hazing and overcome traditions of hazing.
    • Take one of two courses of action to address the current definition of hazing.
      • Update theWashington Administrative Code 504-26-206 to retain the broad and encompassing nature of the definition while adding specific examples of hazing with student friendly terminology. The intent should be to ensure students can apply Washington State University’s hazing definition to their experiences to better identify, prevent and report hazing. Student representation in the editing process is strongly encouraged. 
      • Create a hazing definition separate from the Washington Administrative Code 504-26-206 used not for student conduct practices, but for education and awareness. The definition would support and encompass the definition outlined in the Washington Administrative Code 504-26-206, but would use student friendly terminology and common hypothetical examples. The student friendly definition could be used as a resource and widely distributed to groups.
    • Create a workshop or educational program exclusively for administrators and faculty overseeing student groups that pose a high risk of hazing. The workshop is intended to accomplish the following:
      • Create cohesion and unison around the enforcement and application of Washington State University’s hazing  If a student, community member or parent asks an administrator if a common action constitutes hazing under Washington State University policy, they should receive similar answers from each administrator. 
      • Educate administrators on student efforts to address and prevent hazing.
      • Update the administrators on the latest hazing prevention tools, education and research. 
      • Examine how peer institutions have addressed hazing and how their practices can be applied to Washington State University.
    • Dedicate a source of funding for hazing prevention within the Division of Student Affairs. The Greek Councils, club sports, and the Cougar Marching Band have historically spent their funding on educational hazing prevention programs. Since the prevention and elimination of hazing is an objective of the students and the administration, the university needs to allocate funding to address hazing. The funding can support programmings, initiatives, team bonding workshops currently available through University Recreation, Hazing Prevention Week and/or initiatives targeted towards addressing hazing.
    • Change the Washington Administrative Code 504-26-206 to reform the NCAA, club and intramural sports exemption for hazing related to “practice, training, conditioning and eligibility requirements.” The committee recognizes athletic activity could fall under the definition of “risk of physical harm,” but the current definition carries too much ambiguity creating the potential for egregious hazing on sports teams to be permitted. 
    • Incorporate a hazing prevention training into the Student Athlete Orientation that each NCAA student-athlete receives focused on awareness, prevention and resources.
    • Provide professional training to student leaders to empower peer-to-peer workshops, programs and/or initiatives to establish an anti-hazing  Whether the training is from an administrator with expertise or an outside professional, student leaders need the tools to address hazing.
    • Support federal and state legislation advocating for increasing transparency of hazing statistics and increasing criminal punishments for perpetrators of hazing. Specifically, we urge administration to support Washington State in joining thirteen other states in making egregious hazing a felony offense and support the federal Report and Educate About Campus Hazing (REACH) Act (H.R. 662) to require reporting and education at federally funded universities.
    • Work with student leaders and organizations to find innovative ways to promote hazing prevention resources, expanding hazing awareness, and eliminating hazing.
     
    Sincerely,
     
    Quinton Berkompas                         Jhordin Prescott                           Victoria Fitzpatrick
             ASWSU President                       ASWSU Vice President                  ASWSU Director of Safety
     
    Sam King-Shaw                                 Karl Estes                                   Jarrod Zaharian
                  NCAA Student Athlete                    Cougar Marching Band              Men’s Lacrosse Club President   
     Council President
     
    Sydney Buchheister                            Aaron Fandel                              Benjamin Naumann
        Mock Trial President                              IFC President                       IFC Executive Vice President
     
    Megan Gould                                   Bridget Yule                                 Juliana Medel
        Panhellenic President         Panhellenic Vice President         Multicultural Greek Council

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